ACTIVISTS fighting mass tourism in Spain have started a new wave of attacks by hijacking a tourist bus in Barcelona and letting off green and white smoke flares.
Last summer, protestors daubed "Tourists go home" graffiti in holiday locations, slashed the tyres of tourist rental bikes, stormed a hotel reception and caused extensive damage, held up holiday coaches and pelted them with eggs and superglued the locks of businesses linked to tourism.
The protestors wore hoods when they sabotaged an open-top tour bus near the Nou camp in Barcelona last summer, slashing the vehicle's tyres and daubing slogans on its side. Many of those on board thught it was a terrorist attack rather than what transpired to be a protest.
In Majorca, a group of Arran members also staged a demonstration at the upmarket Palma marina, letting off pink flares and storming a restaurant to throw confetti at alarmed diners.
Arran says the current tourism model is "designed solely and exclusively on the basis of the economic interests of the class that exploits it" and "threatens the lives of people".